Action Academy Charitable Fund donates 25 new bikes to UK Youth to support young people in the New Forest

Action Academy Charitable Fund has donated a new fleet of 25 new Cube mountain bikes to UK Youth. The donation, which was supplied by Hargreaves Cycles, will allow UK Youth to support more young people to experience, learn and develop at their outdoor centre, Avon Tyrrell, based in the heart of the New Forest.

Last year, 23,000 young people visited UK Youth’s Avon Tyrrell outdoor centre to engage in outdoor learning opportunities in a safe and accessible environment that helped them experience, learn and develop.

Over recent years, UK Youth has developed their mountain bike trails at Avon Tyrrell and increased its fleet of bikes to support the growing popularity of the sport. With accessible trails for inclusion bikes, beginner and intermediate routes, as well as more technical elements for advanced riders, the trails are frequently used by individuals and groups that visit the outdoor centre.

Matt Simmons, Chief Instructor at Avon Tyrrell said “This new fleet of bikes is going to make a massive difference to the standard of sessions that we run. The bikes are a much higher quality than our current fleet and we are very grateful to the Big Bike Bash and Action Academy Charitable Fund for their donation.”

For the past 10 years, Avon Tyrrell has hosted the annual Big Bike Bash, organised by Action Academy. The Big Bike Bash is a family friendly bike festival where adults and young people actively take part in bike races and competitive challenges before enjoying a range of live music acts in the evening. The annual event attracts over 800 people to the New Forest over the August Bank Holiday.

David Watts, Director of Operations and Avon Tyrrell says “Our relationship with the Big Bike Bash over the years has grown to be a tremendously successful one and we are extremely grateful for the support and passion for mountain biking they have brought to Avon Tyrrell. These bikes will really improve our current fleet and we can’t wait to see young people using them and get them out on our tracks. Action Academy has made a positive difference for young people and we’re really grateful for their support.”

If you would like to find out more about the opportunities Avon Tyrrell provides, please contact Guest Services on 01425 672347 or email

More details can be found on our website:

For more information, please contact:

Emma Roberts, Head of Marketing and Communications, UK Youth: | 07455 554 690


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